04 September 2012
Enviably close to work, top-notch with its views, Rosa's pad shows what can be done with a smaller space, if your taste is good and your commitment to keeping things minimalist robust. It shows, too, how you can be girlie without overdoing it: when she wants to channel her inner Hemingway, Rosa puts the iBook to one side and reaches for her vintage typewriter.
We've got something a little different on House Call this time around: one of our own has opened her doors, letting see how she keeps her living space (and kitchen, especially) primped and preened.
Rosa Park is a name you probably know: she's Crumbs' online editor, responsible for most of the stuff you read on this website, and House Call is actually her idea; little did she know when she dreamed it up we'd insist on a put-up-or-shut-up clause, demanding she cough up details of where she calls home too.
So, here it is. And, as you can see, it's rather nice – the flat's not huge (the kitchen is particularly bijoux), but as a whole it's light, airy, highly presentable, and in one of Bath's fancier Georgian rows too. She's kinda international is our Rosa – any description of her background has to take in three countries, minimum – but before Bath and the West Country she was a New Yorker, and compared to your typical Manhattan pad she finds this actually rather large.
The first thing you notice is how everything's so very neutral, a sea of white, grey and camel – but it's not quite as soothing, perhaps, as you might imagine. After all, ‘Wilbur the sheep’ (which was meant to be a foot stool) has been placed all by his lonesome right by the fireplace, where he's forced to look at the pelt of one of his compatriots (a reindeer, if you must know), while the big wall-mounted TV has (she says) “never been turned on” (again, mean to Wilbur, who's a big fan of One Man and His Dog).
In the kitchen, with its ridiculously high cupboards and neat little row of jars, Rosa has created her own tiny café area, complete with chalkboard and a small basket of condiments. (Guests are expected to leave a tip – and she expects 15-20%, New York-style.)
Enviably close to work, top-notch with its views, Rosa's pad shows what can be done with a smaller space, if your taste is good and your commitment to keeping things minimalist robust. It shows, too, how you can be girlie without overdoing it: when she wants to channel her inner Hemingway, Rosa puts the iBook to one side and reaches for her vintage typewriter. Now, with the smell of roasting red meat drifting in from the kitchen, she can stare up at her antlers and dream of hunting for her own food one day, preferably using only her hands.
Here’s what Rosa has to say about her home and foodie preferences:
Name: (Hyunsun) Rosa Park
Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Occupation: Web editor of Crumbs
Must have kitchen item: Toaster – so I can toast all those crumpets I eat every morning!
Go-to recipe: Mac and cheese
You love the taste of: Pumpkin, corn and ginger (but not necessarily in that order)
Coffee or tea? I must have both. Too greedy to pick just one…
Beer or cider? Perry
Five people you’d invite to your dinner party, dead or alive: F. Scott Fitzgerald (but he would have to leave Zelda at home), Dorothy Parker, Fred Sandback, Edward Norton and Conan O’Brien
The look of your kitchen in three words: Clean, clean, clean
Kitchen uniform: Anything with an elasticated waist
Preferred midnight nosh: Cereal straight out of the box
Your kitchen is awesome because: It has its own little café area
Secret skills: I can do the splits
What’s on your cooking/baking playlist? Ella Fitzgerald, Cole Porter and Nina Simone when I’m feeling jazzy, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Mobb Deep and Snoop Dogg when I’m feeling hood
What are you going to cook/bake this weekend? I’m in the mood to grill some meat al fresco, weather permitting
Unexpected item in your kitchen cupboard: Fermented spicy perilla leaves FEDEX-ed to me in vacuum-sealed packs from my mum in Seoul (you eat them with steamed rice)
Most prized item: My antique jewelry collection
You can’t live without: Books
Favourite condiment: Sri Lacha all day everyday
If your kitchen could talk, it’d say: “Hey hey hey!”
By Matt Bielby
Images by Rich Stapleton